Gaia, Europe’s Billion-Pixel Camera, Blasts Into Space

Gaia, Europe’s Billion-Pixel Camera, Blasts Into Space

The most sophisticated space telescope ever built by Europe will help create the most detailed map yet of our galaxy.

The £620m observatory lifted off from the Sinnamary launch complex in French Guiana on time at 9.12am (UK time).

The huge telescope is going to map the precise positions and distances to more than a billion stars.

It is hoped that Gaia will give astronomers the first realistic picture of how the Milky Way galaxy read more

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